You can be a Heartsaver too! Help us help others by learning CPR! St. Matthews Fire & EMS personnel, who are certified AHA instructors, are coming to the Lyndon fire house on Saturday, September 22, 2018, to teach the American Heart Association’s “Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course. The class will run from 8 AM to 2 PM in the station’s classroom.
CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest. In one year alone, 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest. Globally, cardiac arrest claims more lives than colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, influenza, pneumonia, auto accidents, HIV, firearms, and house fires combined.
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.
This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. If interested in helping us help others by learning CPR, then please register by calling (502) 893-7825. You may also register by sending an email to Bailey@stmatthewsfd.com. The cost of this course, which includes student workbook and course completion card, is $60.
Although every member of any fire department will risk all to save another fellow human being, and hone their skills regularly to accomplish that, they must also train to take care of themselves! Lyndon firefighters, like all other firefighters across the country, use skill development drills to improve their chances of survival in adverse situations.
Recently members of Lyndon participated in a quarterly mutual-aid box alarm system (MABAS) training with others from Anchorage Middletown, Worthington and Eastwood Fire Departments. This recent quarterly MABAS training focused on Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) skill development. Working as teams participants from the various fire departments practiced rescuing their fellow firefighters from various confined spaces.
These agencies working together in these MABAS RIT trainings are what they do to help develop their skills to help each other, so they can continue to help you!
A short video clip of one of the skill development scenarios can be viewd on the Lyndon Fire Department YouTube Channel by Clicking Here.
Although every member of any fire department will risk all to save another fellow human being, and hone their skills regularly to accomplish that, they must also train to take care of themselves too! Lyndon firefighters, like many others across the country, use drills like ones seen here to improve their chances of survival in adverse situations.
The Pittsburgh Drill was developed to “force train” firefighter rapid intervention teams (RIT) to work as a team. If any one of the team members that have entered the obstacle course fail to give anything but 100% the entire team will fail the drill. The obstacle course is 50 ft in length with 3 obstacles to encounter. Under, Over and Through obstacles make up the course.
The Denver Drill is a confined space rescue based on lessons learned from the Line of Duty Death of Mark Langvardt of the Denver Fire Department. The lessons learned apply to more than just the specific rescue Denver Fire was faced with.
The Pittsburgh and Denver drills are examples of what we do to help improve our skills to help ourselves so we can continue to help you!
Pictures of these recent drills at Lyndon can been see in the department’s website gallery by clicking here.
Dr. Louis (Al) Scarpellini passed away Wed. Jan 31 2018.
Visitation for Al will be Tuesday Feb 6 from 2pm-8pm EST at the Ratterman Funeral Home located at 12900 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville KY 40223. Funeral Services will take place the following morning at the same location at 10:00 am with burial at the Middletown Historic Cemetery.
Al was a beloved Professor, Father, Grandfather, Husband, Firefighter, and Friend to all he met. His presence will be sorely missed. If you ever met him, you immediately liked him. He was one of the most generous and giving individuals I have ever met. He guided and instructed countless young firefighters and EMT’s to follow their dreams. Many have gone on to do great things for their communities. It is our job as his students and heirs to his knowledge to continue to teach and pass on to others what he passed to us.
Rest easy my Brother, we will take it from here. Your legacy will not be forgotten.
The picture below is of Al and his wife Denise at the Lyndon FD Awards Dinner this past Saturday, January 27, 2018.